The chemical and electrochemical corrosion properties of in-situ Ti 45(Zr-Be-Cu-Ni) 55-xNb x BMG matrix composites, with x = 0, 5, 10, 15 at.% and containing different volume fractions of crystalline β-(Ti,Zr,Nb) phase, have been investigated in a hydrogenated 1 M H 2SO 4 + 2 ppm F - electrolyte at 80 °C. In comparison to monolithic Ti-based BMGs and Ti-6Al-4V alloy, the in-situ BMG matrix composite with ∼20% volume fraction of β-(Ti,Zr,Nb) phase exhibits a high corrosion resistance characterized by a low value of corrosion current density, a stable passivation behavior in both potentiodynamic and potentiostatic polarization and low weight loss during immersion tests. The enhancement of the corrosion resistance is attributed to Ti-, Zr- and Nb-rich oxide layers produced on top of both the dendrite and amorphous matrix. However, for the BMG composite with a large (∼41.5%) volume fraction of Nb-rich dendrites the corrosion resistance was reduced leading to the dissolution of the amorphous matrix during immersion tests.
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This research was supported by a grant (code #: 2010K000265 ) from the Center for Nanostructured Materials Technology (CNMT) under 21 st Century Frontier R&D Programs of the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry